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Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies

Tuesday, April 9

3:00 p.m. EDT

Next week, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT, FEMA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Operation Hope will co-host a free webinar entitled, “Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies.” During this event, personnel from these Federal and non-profit partner organizations will highlight best practice programs and tools to engage local communities on the often-overlooked financial aspect of disaster preparedness.

If you are a public official, emergency preparedness professional, financial service professional or a financial education / counseling provider we invite and encourage you to attend this important event.

For more information or to register, please visit: .

Please use this link if you are already a registered HSIN user and simply need to log in to the webinar: .


Get TsunamiReady™: Tips for Communities at Risk

Although tsunamis cannot be prevented, their impact can be minimized through community preparedness. The National Weather Service created a program called TsunamiReady in 2001 to help communities better prepare for tsunamis and strengthen local operations. This week (March 24-30, 2013) is National Tsunami Awareness Week, which is dedicated to education on tsunami preparedness. To become TsunamiReady, communities must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point;
  • Develop multiple ways to receive tsunami warnings and alert the public;
  • Develop a formal tsunami hazard plan and conduct emergency exercises;
  • Promote public readiness through community education; and
  • Comply with other TsunamiReady guidelines .

For more tsunami preparedness tips, follow us on Twitter @Citizen_Corps or watch this video .


FEMA Now Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants/nominations for its Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) . The YPC is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council. Members will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete a self-selected youth preparedness project;
  • Voice opinions, experiences, ideas, and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness; and
  • Participate in the YPC Summit.

Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness may apply or be nominated to serve on the YPC. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 E.D.T. on April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible.

For more information about the YPC and to access the application materials, visit .


Debunking Tornado Myths

Several myths about the nature of tornadoes have long existed and serve as a hindrance to preparedness. Help dispel these commons myths in your community and share via Facebook.

Myth : Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.

Fact : No terrain is safe from tornadoes. For example, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000 ft. mountain.

Myth : The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to “explode” as the tornado passes overhead.

Fact : Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.

Myth : Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.

Fact : Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter a structure. Leave windows alone; instead, immediately go to a basement, interior room or bathroom without windows.

For more information, visit or read NOAA's Tornado Guide .


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FEMA Major Disaster Declarations Update

Maine Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4108 on Mar 25, 2013

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